He was only 7 years old when they found it. Had they not found it,he probably would be going through what you are as an adult. They think he was born with it but not sure? It took almost a year from when they found it until they removed it. The Chief of surgeons at the University of Chicago was the only one in the area willing to do the procedure. Not one surgeon in Chicago had done the procedure on a child. They typically only see it with adults. With the new technology with X-rays and cat scans , his doctors said they are starting to see it in kids.